As we are attempting to replace the grocery store by growing our own food, there will be some disappointments and crops will fail. My biggest failure was with my tomatoes and cucumbers, two crops that I was planning on using quite a bit.
We have meat chickens in a chicken tractor around the garden. While we were gone at the fair all week, they escaped and trampled down and ate quite a bit of tomatoes. I will still get a harvest, but not nearly as much as I had planned.
The cucumbers just did not grow very well for some odd reason. My neighbor had the same problem so I don’t feel too bad but I have never had a problem growing them before. Disappointed? Very much so. I did replant cucumbers a few weeks ago so I might get a harvest.
Many of you have had huge losses this year. Some of you feel like giving up. But did you know it isn’t too late to plant again? Take a look at the cool weather crops’ maturation dates on the seed packets. Many will have 30 days or 50 days which gives us time to till up our failed crops and start over, or till in the finished crops and then plant cool weather crops.
I mowed down a failed crop of beets and spinach, tilled, then replanted kale, lettuce and turnips. I also tilled under an older pea patch and planted lettuce, radishes, turnips and more kale. The nitrogen from the peas should help feed the soil and grow these veggies.
So, pick your head up! We are all learning and in this together. Even the most experienced gardeners have crop failures. It happens.
In our facebook group, Replacing the Grocery Store Challenge, some are disappointed with their results, and some are ecstatic with their abundance. It might be hard to read about someone else’s bounty when yours is pretty lame. I can’t stress enough that it happens to all of us at some point in time.
If everyone around you is getting this…..
Hang in there, persevere and keep planting.